Originally Posted by renethx
Personally I recommend ASUS HD 7790 DirectCU II ("DC2") 1GB or 2GB (choose 2GB if you can afford, there is no difference in video playback though), that should fit GD07/GD08 (won't fit most microATX cases because of taller heatpipes).
GPU is going to be the
main component in this system, as it's all about the Media, Graphics & 3D, so I have no hesitations in spending the extra $$'s on the GPU - as Mfusick notes below, I don't even mind upping to HD 78xx. But, here's an important question, and you must take this question as a humble question from someone who's in a learning
process, and not Questioning your choice ...
Why Radeon over GTX? What is the deciding factor that makes you lean towards Radeon over GTX?
One of the reasons I ask is because I was just spending some time reading articles here & there, and I also put in "GTX 650 vs Radeon 7770" in google and it appears that more benchmarking & reviewing articles were giving a "slight" upper hand to GTX over Radeon. So I'm curious about your recommendation.
Let me also throw something completely different in the mix; this will NOT be a deciding factor & I could care less about this, but I'd still like to mention it. I'm a HUGE StarCraft gamer. I keep gaming on my PC and I have no intentions of bringing it to my HTPC. However, I was reading an article where they were playing StarCraft 2 on their HTPC, on a Projector Screen, in 3D. And it got me curious enough to think I'll probably give it a shot --- not to game constantly --- but just to try it out.
Would Radeon still be the better choice?
Originally Posted by Mfusick
The master has spoken^
No one has tested these things as much as him. I am looking at the same GPU card myself actually , or possibly even a 78xx.
I just installed my 6870 (older card) into my 4770k last night and it made a nice difference and sold me on why I need a GPU over HD4600.
I love your build. Your building a real HTPC, unlike many of the low budget builds that are really to just watch videos from your PC on your TV. Your budget is very realistic and I think your going to end up with a really nice machine!
Your exploration definitely Confirms my decision of going with a dedicated GPU over Intel integrated; I'm glad now I'm choosing this path.
And thank you, I'm also very excited about this machine and can't wait to get started. For the right parts, I don't mind if my $800 budget pushes to $1K, I definitely do want the best Media Playback capabilities. I use MediaPortal as my front-end which gives me a lot of a Internet content via Tube+, etc. So it's really a whole bunch of media from Blu-ray's to MKV's to DVD's, TV Shows and Online Videos. And Like I said before, we're looking for something cool & hip in terms of the actual Chassis, something that will complement our Home Theater well, and not just a simple case that will hold the parts.